Maintaining a high level of hygiene, especially now, is a top priority and with entrance matting as your building’s first line of defence, INTRAsystems has authored three new specification guides to help architects and interior designers.
The new downloadable guides detail key elements of entrance matting specification, sector-specific considerations and product advice, alongside real-life case studies.
Separate guides are available for Schools, Colleges & Universities, Hospitals & Healthcare, and Road, Rail & Air to help architects and interior designers correctly specify entrance matting for these specialised sectors.
Subject to frequent intense footfall, with multiple entrances and often tightly managed budgets, entrance matting specifications for these sectors are some of the most difficult specifications to get right.
Understanding the traffic volumes and how the different entrances will be used is the very first consideration.
For example, hospital entrance matting needs to be easy to clean and capable of withstanding heavy wheeled loads, so a heavy-duty recessed aluminium matting system is essential. Creating a zonal entrance matting system in healthcare environments will also help retain the maximum dirt and moisture from shoes and wheels.
Whereas universities battling to attract new students might want to use their primary entrance matting to make a bold design statement with creative use of colour and pattern. Entrance matting inserts are available in multiple colours and logos can also be incorporated into the design.
Cycle entrances or doors from muddy school sports fields will benefit from a larger walk-off area using a combination of fibre and rubber inserts or even a more aggressive bristle brush insert. However, a simple fibre solution may be adequate for less used, secondary entrances.
By using a combination of inserts you can create a range of complimentary entrance matting solutions using a single product.
Standards and Legislation
Aside from the aesthetics, there are also several standards and regulations your entrance matting specification will need to satisfy including BS 7953:1999, which advises on the selection, installation and maintenance and BS 8300-2:2018 which covers accessibility.
All this and more is covered in the new Entrance Matting Specification Guides from INTRAsystems.